Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Welcome to the official Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site page. Schuyler Mansion was once home to Philip J. Schuyler (1733-1804), renowned Revolutionary War Major-General, State Senator, and business entrepreneur.
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263 years ago today, Elizabeth Schuyler was born. Philip and Catherine’s second daughter, Elizabeth would live to be 97 ...
08/09/2020

263 years ago today, Elizabeth Schuyler was born. Philip and Catherine’s second daughter, Elizabeth would live to be 97 years old.
In 1775, Tench Tilghman described Elizabeth as an energetic young woman with a keen sense of humor. While on a hike to the Cohoes Falls, Tilghman wrote that she, “…disdained all assistance, and made herself merry at the distress of the other ladies.” Elizabeth would eventually marry Alexander Hamilton, in December of 1780 at the age of 23. The two would be married for 24 years and had 8 children survive to adulthood. In 1804 Hamilton was shot and mortally wounded in a duel, leaving Elizabeth alone to raise their children with little in the way of financial resources. Because of this, she was forced to live off of the assistance of friends and family, as well as Hamilton’s military pension (not granted until 1837).
Elizabeth never remarried, and devoted her life to her children and charitable pursuits, despite her own monetary problems. Active in founding orphanages in New York City and Washington D.C., she was also known to take abandoned children in at her own home. Elizabeth’s other major work was curating Alexander Hamilton’s letters, collecting many, but also editing others (and having some destroyed) as she sought to shape the narrative of his life and career for future generations.
Elizabeth passed away at the house of her daughter, Eliza Hamilton Holly, in Washington D.C. in 1854.

08/07/2020

This Day in History: 7 August 1781- Attempted Abduction

On this day, 239 years ago, Schuyler Mansion was raided by a party of loyalists and soldiers of the 34th Regiment of the British army. Under the command of loyalist leader John Waltermeyer, the raiding party had been operating in the Albany area for almost a week prior to the attack. Waltermeyer’s party was one of eight groups active on kidnapping missions at this same time, targeting prominent revolutionary figures in Albany and the surrounding area. In addition to capturing potentially valuable military targets, these attempts were designed to demoralize and cripple the revolutionary movement in the region. Only a few days before the attack on Schuyler Mansion, John Bleeker, Assistant Deputy Commissary General, was kidnapped from his home in Hoosick, NY. Schuyler himself was a high-value target, at the time serving as a contractor and military advisor to George Washington, a Commissioner for Indian Affairs, and managing an international espionage and intelligence network.

According to Schuyler’s account, written within hours of the attack, the family was taking their evening meal in the center hall when a commotion in the enclosed courtyard heralded the assault. The Schuylers fled upstairs to take refuge in their bedchamber. Meanwhile, several guards and two of the enslaved servants of the household attempted to hold off Waltermeyer’s troops. Two defenders were taken prisoner while the rest were driven into the cellar. Meanwhile, Philip Schuyler fired several pistol shots at the loyalists attempting to surround the house. While the effect was minimal, he hoped that the noise would alert the town of Albany to the family’s danger. As the raiding party gained the second floor of the house, however, Schuyler realized that there was no time to wait for a rescue. Throwing open his bedchamber window, he began to issue commands to an imaginary relief force, shouting, “Come on my lads, surround the house, the villains are in it!” Waltermeyer, assuming that Schuyler must have been forewarned of the attack and was prepared for them, ordered his troops to fall back.

According to Waltermeyer’s account, the raid lasted only a quarter of an hour. Casualties were low on both sides. In addition to the two men captured from the home, one of Schuyler’s guards was wounded, as were two soldiers of the 34th Regiment. In the commotion, several of the assailants commandeered a portion of the Schuyler’s silver from the table, a breakdown in discipline which infuriated Waltermeyer, but which he discovered too late to remedy.

A story concerning mark on the staircase banister in the back hall has grown up around this attack, known today as the “Tomahawk Legend.” This legend was first reported almost eighty years after the event by young Catherine Schuyler, their youngest child of the family and only four months old at the time of the attack. She claimed to have been forgotten in her cradle in the front hall, prompting her sister Margaret to come to her rescue, ducking a flying tomahawk in the process. This story is now believed to be mostly fiction, as none of the principal details thereof are ever mentioned in Schuyler’s or Waltermeyer’s accounts of the actual events, but has been retold for so many years that it is itself a piece of history at this point!

Just wanted to highlight some of the interesting art projects happening around town. If you've not yet seen one of these...
07/28/2020
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Just wanted to highlight some of the interesting art projects happening around town. If you've not yet seen one of these beautiful murals, perhaps now you'll look for them when out and about in Albany!

Be sure to read Schuyler Mansion's Safety Policies and Protective Measures before reserving your ticket.
07/20/2020

Be sure to read Schuyler Mansion's Safety Policies and Protective Measures before reserving your ticket.

Who masks up? Ham masks up in preparation for opening this Wednesday!
07/20/2020

Who masks up? Ham masks up in preparation for opening this Wednesday!

07/20/2020

Schuyler Mansion will re-open on Wednesday, July 22! Due to the continuing risk the COVID-19 virus poses, the site has changed operations to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff.
This includes the following:
~ Facial coverings REQUIRED for tours or building entry
~ Tours available by RESERVATION ONLY
~ Tours will be an Open House format, directed by staff.
~ Tours limited to 10 people
~ Visitors Center exhibit and Gift Shop will NOT be available
~ Adherence to site Safety Policies and Protective Measures (see below or in the "Our Story" box in right sidebar).

Please read the following before making your reservation.

Safety Policies:
~ If you feel ill and/or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature of 100 degrees or above, cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath, or complete loss of smell/taste), please do not enter Schuyler Mansion. We are happy to refund your ticket and re-schedule for another time.

~ During your visit, you will be required to follow protective measures as outlined by the Center for Disease Control, the NYS Governor's Office, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. These measures are subject to change and will be updated on our website and ohter virtual platforms as new information becomes available.

Protective Measures include:
~ Visitors over the age of 2 years old are REQUIRED to properly wear a face covering (fitted over nose and mouth) at all times while in any interior spaces (mansion, Visitors Center, bathroom, etc).

~ For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.

~ Visitors must wear protective disposable gloves in order to access the mansion 2nd floor (Schuyler Mansion will provide these to visitors).

~ All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.

Reserving and purchasing a ticket constitutes acknowledgment and acceptance of Schuyler Mansion's COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures.
Thank you!

07/04/2020
The Declaration of Independence: Then and Now

Happy Independence Day! Our last Independence Day 2020 video explores the impact and meaning of its famous phrase: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Who did that phrase include in the 18th century and how are we still fully realizing it today? Watch our latest video to find out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2ibI-UpBk&list=PLnNk7OVfQS3-raI8XHtlkSHzUr9EVF8Nn&index=4&t=0s

The Declaration of Independence is famous for its phrase “all men are created equal.” Learn about how the course of United States history is still striving t...

07/03/2020
Making an 18th Century Tricorn Hat

Here's part two of our Independence Day 2020 celebration! Have you ever wanted to make your own tricorn hat? Now you can! Check out the video below to see how to make one completely from construction paper. Written instructions and templates are linked in the YouTube description box. (It's also the perfect thing to make and wear for those of you who are watching the Hamilton film this weekend!)

If you make one, we'd love to see photos in the comments below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3d7qfkJkmQ

Tricorn hats and cockades were popular fashion in the 18th century. Now you can learn how to make one of your own! Do you want to view the written instructio...

07/02/2020
Making 18th Century Ice Cream

Welcome to part one of our Independence Day 2020 celebration! While we can't celebrate in-person this year, we've created three videos so we can celebrate together, even while we're apart. First up: how to make 18th century ice cream!

Have you ever wondered how ice cream was made in the 18th century? Erin Czernecki will teach you in this video! For written instructions, check out this blog post: http://schuylermansion.blogspot.com/2020/07/its-hot-day-and-youre-stuck-indoors.html

If you make some 18th century ice cream of your own, please share pictures and and your thoughts in the comments!

Have you ever wondered how ice cream was made in the 18th century? Erin Czernecki will teach you how this delicious treat was made. To see the written instru...

Hello History Fans, The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency under which Schuyler Mansion o...
06/28/2020
New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation

Hello History Fans,

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency under which Schuyler Mansion operates, remains committed to protecting our staff and patrons, and helping to contain spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Schuyler Mansion is currently working to implement necessary safety protocols as required by the Governors Phase IV guidelines for opening and site buildings will remain closed to the public until that important work has been completed. Please check back for updates.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy the grounds or to connect with us on our other virtual platforms:

Website: www.parks.ny.gov

Twitter: @Schuyler Mansion

Instagram: schuylermansion

Blogspot: www.schuylermansion.blogspot.com

Help keep New York State open through social distancing and wearing masks when required!

06/11/2020
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Philip J Schuyler Zoom Call

In August of 1803, Philip Schuyler wrote to his daughter, Eliza, in NYC, to talk about his concerns for her and her family's safety in the middle of an outbreak of Yellow Fever. One of Philip's biggest worries? That family members weren't following what today we would call "social distancing"!

When site staff ran across this letter a few weeks ago, we agreed that it felt like one half of a video call. You can read the full text through the Library of Congress here: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mss24612a.04409/?sp=37&r=-0.283,-0.174,1.793,1.044,0

This time in our history represents an opportunity to encourage dialogue about race relations, the legacy of slavery, an...
06/03/2020
Talking About Race

This time in our history represents an opportunity to encourage dialogue about race relations, the legacy of slavery, and how we can identify bias- within and without. Cultural heritage organizations are uniquely positioned to serve as a forum for these discussions and can provide historical context for current events.

"Talking About Race" is a new resource/learning portal through the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, with a wealth of content for everyone, including parents and teachers, museum educators, and folks who are simply looking for context to what they are seeing around them. Schuyler Mansion is excited to help share this resource with our followers.

Who Am I? I Am an Educator Whether you are teaching infants, adults, or any age in between, you are an influential part of your students’ learning and development. Educators too have an important role in communicating our history and culture. What and how the history of race in America is presente...

Click the link below to learn more about Louisa Lee Schuyler, who worked to improve a wide range of social concerns and ...
05/28/2020
In the Footsteps of Eliza: Louisa Lee Schuyler’s Lifetime of Advocacy

Click the link below to learn more about Louisa Lee Schuyler, who worked to improve a wide range of social concerns and (spoiler!) earned her law degree in 1915!

Louisa (left) at 14 with siblings Georgina and Philip. "Portrait of Three Children," 1851, artist unknown. Courtesy of New York Historic...

Georgina Schuyler was one of the biggest driving forces behind the preservation of Schuyler Mansion, but that love of hi...
05/17/2020
Georgina Schuyler: Young Preservationist

Georgina Schuyler was one of the biggest driving forces behind the preservation of Schuyler Mansion, but that love of historic homes was dyed deep. Click the link below to learn more about Georgina Schuyler's early interest in preservation.

Georgina Schuyler, aged 4. Painted by John Carlin, 1845. At NYHS. May is Historic Preservation Month, which provides us with some time ...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the site yesterday!
05/06/2020
Tulip Driving Tour Bingo

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the site yesterday!

Play the Tulip Driving Tour Bingo while on the Self-Guided Tulips & Gardens Driving Tour for a chance to win a prize!

How clever are the people at Discover Albany? Visit the city's website to discover how you can still enjoy the famous Al...
05/05/2020
Enjoy The 2020 Albany Tulip Festival's New Virtual Format

How clever are the people at Discover Albany? Visit the city's website to discover how you can still enjoy the famous Albany Tulip Festival this weekend! Be sure to find the link for the Tulip Driving Tour Bingo (hint hint: Schuyler Mansion is included 🌷😉).

In-person components of the 2020 Albany Tulip Festival have been canceled, but you can still experience the beauty of the tulips from the comfort and safety of your own home.

If you're on Twitter, check out Schuyler Mansion's twitter feed for even more neat information, Schuyler/Hamilton-family...
05/02/2020
The Hamilton Children: Part One

If you're on Twitter, check out Schuyler Mansion's twitter feed for even more neat information, Schuyler/Hamilton-family trivia, images, and more. Not on Twitter? Don't worry! We've rounded up some of the highlights of one of our most popular recent threads on the blog!

On Twitter we’ve been highlighting one of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton’s children each week. The couple had eight children, an...

They've bloomed! Today, 4/29, the Schuyler Mansion tulips have greeted us with their beautiful colors - red, yellow, and...
04/29/2020

They've bloomed! Today, 4/29, the Schuyler Mansion tulips have greeted us with their beautiful colors - red, yellow, and this stunning variegated outlier. #518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinAlbany

04/26/2020

It's today! Musicians of Ma'alwyck will be live streaming their spring concert, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, from Ma'alwyck House at 3:00 p.m. Find the link to the concert here: https://musiciansofmaalwyck.org/

A few more beautiful blooms showing their colors at Schuyler Mansion. The brick arch was once the entrance (via a stairc...
04/25/2020

A few more beautiful blooms showing their colors at Schuyler Mansion. The brick arch was once the entrance (via a staircase from the courtyard) to the cellar of the mansion. Archaeological, structural, and documentary evidence indicates that the cellar was used as a work space as well as for storage, and may have served as seasonal living and sleeping space for the people enslaved by the Schuylers.

Schuyler Mansion is lovely, but just look at the all the color and beauty to be found around us as well! Wonderful 19th ...
04/25/2020

Schuyler Mansion is lovely, but just look at the all the color and beauty to be found around us as well! Wonderful 19th century buildings across the street, and the stellar Howe branch of the Albany Public Library just out front.

Look at that blue!
04/25/2020

Look at that blue!

Other small signs of spring at the  mansion ...!#518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinalbany
04/22/2020

Other small signs of spring at the mansion ...!
#518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinalbany

Discover Albany
04/22/2020

Discover Albany

This “Tulip Tuesday” with Albany Events we are tracking the tulips in Quackenbush Square - home to the Discover Albany Visitors Center, The Olde English Pub, C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station and Irish American Heritage Museum. While a few tulips have popped, there are still a lot of green buds on the verge of blooming!

We challenge our friends at Ten Broeck Mansion, Historic Cherry Hill, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Pruyn House, Shaker Heritage Society and Crailo State Historic Site to join the conversation! Post a photo of your flowers with #518TulipTracker!

Address

32 Catherine St
Albany, NY
12202

Albany CDTA routes: #6 Second Ave #7 Glenmont #100 Mid City Belt Disembark on the corner of South Pearl Street and Morton Ave, or, if taking the #100, in front of the Albany Courthouse. Walk up Morton Avenue, turning left on Clinton and right up Catherine to enter through the back gate.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(518) 434-0834

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Important COVID-19 Information - please read! Tours at the mansion will resume on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Due to the continuing risk the COVID-19 virus poses, Schuyler Mansion has adjusted operations to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes the following:


  • Tours are available by advance RESERVATION ONLY. Reservations are made by calling the site at (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff.

  • All tours will be an Open House format, directed by site staff, and limited to 10 people.

  • The Visitors Center exhibit and the Gift Shop will NOT be available.
  • Please read through the COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures before making your reservation.

    Safety Policies


  • If you feel ill, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (including temperatures of 100 degrees or above, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, or complete loss of smell or taste), please do not enter Schuyler Mansion. We are happy to refund your reservation and reschedule for another time.

  • During your visit, we require you to follow protective measures as outlined by the Center for Disease Control, the State of New York, the Governor’s Office, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. These measures are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms.
  • Protective Measures include:


  • Visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times while in any interior spaces (mansion, Visitors Center, bathrooms, any other site buildings, etc).

  • For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.

  • Visitors must wear protective plastic gloves in order to access the mansion’s second floor.

  • All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.
  • Reserving and purchasing a ticket constitutes acknowledgment and acceptance of Schuyler Mansion COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures.

    Please call the site at (518) 434 – 0834 if you have further questions about this information.

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    First course of an elaborate dinner at the Schuyler's (a la 18th century!). Historic Albany Foundation #Astationaryfeast #historicAlbany #museumcommunity #18thcenturydining
    Can you get a National Parks Passport cancellation here? Thanks much!
    Free Program . Ages 5 and up. Must sign up through the Nassau Free Library. Once in a lifetime opportunity for free in our area.
    A new book about Alexander Hamilton by Michael Newton. It includes information about his marriage to Elizabeth Schuyler. The talk is July 17th and the book will be available. Visit our website for details http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent.aspx?ID=1045
    Will you have farm's day this June?
    Tonight! Learn about the interaction of enslaved people within the Palatine community of upstate New York: https://www.facebook.com/events/2118820108430966/
    Happy Anniversary to Alexander and Eliza!❤️
    Folks, don’t waste your time going here. The workers don’t want you! They do everything they can to make you feel unwelcome. It is “their” house, and they are only too happy to keep as many of you out as they can. Go to Waterford museum instead. They are proud of the place and welcome the public with open arms.
    What a great experience! Jessie was an incredible and knowledgable guide and offered insight with a wonderful sense of humor.
    Voting ends at 8:30 this morning! Saratoga National Historical Park is requesting your help to pull off an astounding win in #MuseumMadness! Simply click on the picture of Saratoga below to cast your vote and side with history! https://www.facebook.com/NPS.NMSC/posts/1737370742975239
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    Went on a Hamilton themed focus tour of the Schuyler Mansion in Albany yesterday with my husband and daughter. Tour was very enjoyable and thorough, with a great group of active participants whose questions added a lot to our experience. Our terrific tour guide took all the extra time needed to answer any and all questions. Fans of the show, the book or the history won't be disappointed.